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, education and housing assistance. as referred to as the fiscal cliff. and when it comes to doing something to avoid it, house speaker john boehner bluntly told reporters today, there is a stalemate. for his part, president obama is trying to break that stalemate by asking voters to put more pressure on the republicans. cnn chief white house correspondent jessica yellin and chief political correspondent gloria borger join us right now. gloria, guess i'll start with you. does the president have any leverage? >> he has a lot of leverage right now. i mean, if you look back to the debt ceiling in the summer of 2011, you recall the president was accused of negotiating with himself because it was sort of a time of weakness for him. right now, look, joe, he's just won re-election. 67% of the american public according to our polls believes that there should be a deal that contains a combination of spending cuts and tax increases. more than half of the american public says, you know what, we'd like the taxes on the wealthy to go up. so he does have public opinion on his side. just been re-elected. s
for america is for us to get our fiscal house in order. >> the fiscal cliff and fiscal abyss, we've got to get through the cliff to settle the abyss. >> but the key issue is you must send the message to those that are going to create the wealth in the future and that's businessmen and women, that there's stability and predictability on all of these issues, on taxes, on the regulatory policy and they don't see that. i mean, there are -- i think approaching $2 trillion sitting on the sidelines. >> right. >> that is not going to be invested in this country because there is no predictability. there is no stability. they are scared to death about what washington's going to do next. and the reason texas is as stable, the reason people are moving to texas in record numbers, is because we have created that stability. >> but you won your election running on the idea that you were going to treat government differently. president obama claims that he won his election because he came up with this idea of saying that they were going to raise tax rates on the wealthiest 2% and keep rates where they are for
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more than a month away from right now we face this fiscal cliff, maybe mitt romney, who had a lot of great ideas, and in fact, some of the pros coming out of the white house sound a lot of what mitt romney has said in the past. maybe they'll talk about that. it's interesting, yesterday the president did appear before some small business leaders and essentially this is what he's suggesting to congress: accept tax hikes right now and we will work on a bigger deal later. so let's do the tax hikes right now and do the deal later. what do you think about that? here is the president. >> families and small businesses would therefore be able to enjoy some peace of mind heading into christmas and heading into the new year. and it would give us more time then next year to work together on a comprehensive plan to bring down our deficits, streamline our tax system, to do it in a balanced way. including asking the wealthiest americans to pay a little more so that we can still invest in things like education and training and science and research. >> brian: so he is still politicking. and he is
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